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More Distressing News.

I am sorry to have to advise you of the death of Bardner Horn today. Gordon Percy advised me that Bardner suffered a cardiac arrest and subsequently passed away.

Bardner had been a member since 2008 and a regular Forum attender over the years.

Our condolences are extended to his family.



It is with real regret that I have to let you know of the death of His Honour Judge Derek Clarkson Q.C. Derek died peacefully at his home yesterday.

It is good to remember celebrating his 90th birthday last Christmas and he had also just celebrated his Diamond Wedding.

Derek was a popular and respected Forum Member having joined in 2005 and he was our Chairman in the season 2017/2018. More importantly he contributed to our activities enormously with his amusing and regular talks on his legal reminesces and mysteries. At the annual Christmas lunch he further entertained each year with appropriate anecdotes and stories.

He will be sorely missed but also remembered with real affection by many.

Our condolences to Petronella and family are sent at this time.

My thanks to John Taylor for providing the advice about Derek’s passing.



Due to the continuing COVID 19 situation , which means our venue is not available , the first half of the 2020/2021 season i.e. October to December has been cancelled.

The position will be reviewed at the end of November/beginning of December 2020 and a decision made as to whether a restart can be made in January 2021 when the prevailing circumstances at that time will be considered.

Members have been individually advised and will be kept up to date with any changes and this site will similarly be updated.


Another Milestone Celebration…The Taylors!!

Following on from the Clarkson’s Diamond Wedding celebrations I hear our Honorary Life Member John Taylor and his good lady Margaret recently achieved their Golden Wedding anniversary and even in these restricted times managed a quiet celebration at the Swinton Park Hotel Masham.

Well done to John and Margaret on attaining this fine and important life event.


His Honour Mr and Mrs Judge Derek and Petronella Clarkson

I am reliably informed that our well loved member the Judge and his good lady will be celebrating their Diamond Wedding anniversary on Thursday August 20th. Sixty years is a terrific achievement in this day and age and as Derek would know better than any of us you get a lesser sentence in court for a murder charge!!

In all seriousness though on behalf of all members and his many friends in the Forum the couple are congratulated and sent all our best wishes for a great anniversary day.



As you are aware our very own “Captain Tom Snelling” completed a 24 hour walk over three days at the beginning of June at the time of his 87th birthday to raise funds for Oatlands Community Group and their COVID support.

Not only did Tom complete his challenge but raised a magnificent £3561 to boot! and would like to thank all members who supported him.

To reciprocate, our congratulations to him on an outstanding achievement.

Well done Tom!!



PRESIDENT: Rev. Moses John.

CHAIRMAN: Peter Wilson.

GENERAL SECRETARY: Neil Ramshaw. Tel: 01423 879535.



TREASURER: Roy Smith. Tel: 01423 538404.

ANNALS 2019/2020.

I have today posted the Annals for 2019/2020 following the premature ending of the season.

This concludes matters for this season and details for the new season, normally starting in October, will be posted when known and finalised.

Stay safe, enjoy the summer as best you can and hopefully I’ll see you all again later in the year.


ANNALS 2019/2020


The 42nd season finished with 57 members registered on our records. The death of Mike Hawkins was reported during the summer break which meant the 43rd season 2019/2020 started with 56 registered members.

“Calendar of Meetings (two) and a “Welcome Back Note” were issued to all members. Meeting Cards were, as usual, distributed to Harrogate Library; Harrogate Tourist Information Office; our local Harlow News Correspondent(Harrogate Advertiser) Charlotte South and also our Church Contact Rosalind Crew who includes details on the Harlow Methodist Church Website with links to Nidd Valley Methodist Church.

Oct 1: First meeting of new season under Chairmanship of Richard Wright. Derek Mitchell paid tribute to Member Mike Hawkins who died during the summer recess.

Oct 8: New Member George Cram joins our group.

Oct 15: Peter Wilson agrees to take up Vice Chairman position. New member Chris Shott joins our ranks.

Oct 22: Treasurer Roy Smith presents indicative accounts (unaudited) for y/e 30/6/2019.

Nov 12: Two dropped from membership… Allan Anderson (resigned) and Richard Cobbald (ill-health).

First Open Meeting of season with Mr Andy Dennis (N.H.S. Nurse) speaking about Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders). £50 fee plus £169–71 collected for M.S.F. Attendance of 30 members plus 6 Lady Guests.

Nov 19: Sad death of Member Bill McNicol announced.

Nov 26: New President Reverend Moses John welcomed.

Dec 3: Second Open Meeting of the season with Alun Pugh (Speaker) and the Beatles early history. 39 members attended and 6 lady guests.

Dropped John Tyreman from membership due to ill health.

Dec 10: Christmas Lunch at Ascot House Hotel attended by 57 members and guests. Charitable Collection raised £312 for Adam and Jane Curtis ‘ Just Giving which goes to Martin House Hospice. His Honour Judge Derek Clarkson celebrated his 90th birthday and was presented with a card and birthday cake.


Jan 3: Death of member Dennis Anderson reported.

Jan 28: Two guests at meeting, Brian South (Mike South’s brother) and Alex Jackson (Friend of Speaker Bob Soper).

Feb 11: Member’s Morning with contributions from Malcolm Wood; John Pearson; Brian Gallagher; David Hopkinson; Vincent Naylor.

Mar 3: Open Meeting with Teresa Marshall from Bilton Hogspital. In addition to Speaker’s fee another £43-05 contributed by members.

Mar 17: This meeting would be the last for the season with premature closure of the Forum due to the coronavirus outbreak and remaining meetings and events cancelled.

Season concludes with 53 members on our records.


At today’s meeting , which understandably drew a small audience of eleven, it was decided that the season would conclude and meetings scheduled for March 24th; March 31st; April 21st; April 28th A.G.M. and May 5th Spring Event would all be cancelled.

Given the current health concerns and the speed of developing information and restrictions this was felt to be a sensible and realistic outcome.

Hopefully matters will have improved for the start of next season in October and information will be posted here when appropriate.

May I wish you all the best through what maybe some difficult weeks and months and stay safe and well until we meet again (cue Vera Lynn!!).